Fernando Mills began his career in reality television 17 years ago at MTV, where he worked his way up the ranks on high-volume shows like FANatic and Making the Video. In 2000, he was one of the producers on the first Emmy-winning season of Survivor, which led to developing and producing some of the most iconic reality TV formats, like The Amazing Race (CBS), Project Greenlight (HBO), Boot Camp (FOX), The Mole (ABC), and Surreal Life (WB).
Mills became a member of the DGA on Worst Case Scenario, where he produced and directed international adventure race segments for all 22 episodes. As a freelance show-runner, he produced comedies like Mr. Romance for Oxygen and dramas like the critically acclaimed Black. White. for F/X.
In 2007, Mills launched a full-service production company, Brand New Entertainment, selling projects to MTV, A&E, G4, OWN and WE, making over 30 hours of original content in the first year of business; including shows like Rock the Reception for TLC.
After a year as an in-house Executive Producer at Reveille, working on both digital and television projects, Mills joined 51 Minds Entertainment as SVP of Current Programming, working on series such as Does Someone Have to Go? (FOX), Whodunnit? (ABC), Redneck Island (CMT), and TI & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1).
Mills transitioned to the network side of the business in 2013, currently serving as the VP of Production and Programming at VH1. Mills is responsible for producing VH1’s recent success in the unscripted genre with such shows as “Dating Naked,” “Candidly Nicole,” and the critically acclaimed docu-comedy “Barely Famous.”
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